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US starts withdrawing supplies, but not troops, from Syria

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says it has started pulling equipment, but not troops, out of Syria as a first step in meeting President Donald Trump's demand for a complete military withdrawal. The Friday announcement fueled concern about ...

Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse expected in Canada

By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — An 18-year-old Saudi runaway who said she was abused and feared death if deported back home was expected to arrive Saturday in Canada, which has granted her asylum. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would accept Rahaf Mohammed ...

Turkey appears to snub US; no assurances on Syrian Kurds

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior U.S. official trying to negotiate the safety of Kurdish allies in northeastern Syria was apparently rebuffed by Turkey's president who said Tuesday there would be "no concession" in Ankara's push against what he describes as ...

Kim Jong Un travels to China ahead of possible 2nd US summit

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was expected to meet Tuesday with China's president at the start of a visit to Beijing believed to be an effort to coordinate with his only major ally ahead of a possible second summit with U.S. President ...

Nissan’s ex-chair Ghosn appears in court, asserts innocence

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — The former chairman of Japan's Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, denied any wrongdoing and proclaimed his loyalty to the company at a court hearing in Tokyo on Tuesday. It was Ghosn's first public appearance since he was arrested on Nov. 19 ...

South America bloc’s woes leave architectural gem forlorn

By JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO DE PICHINCHA, Ecuador (AP) — It's a gravity-defying edifice that befits the lofty ambitions of what was supposed to be a symbol of South American unity. Set against an arid moonscape on the equatorial line, two cantilevered glass wings soar ...

Gabon’s government puts down coup attempt, arrests plotters

By YVES LAURENT GOMA, Associated Press LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's government has retained control of the West African country after an attempted military coup early Monday, the government said. Five army officers who took over state radio in the coup attempt have been arrested, ...

Thai police say they won’t deport Saudi woman seeking asylum

By GRANT PECK and AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — The head of Thailand's immigration police said Monday that a young Saudi woman who was stopped in Bangkok as she was trying to travel to Australia for asylum to escape alleged abuse by her family will not be sent anywhere against ...

Britain testing ‘no-deal’ scenario as Brexit vote nears

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain is testing how its motorway and ferry system would handle a no-deal Brexit by sending a stream of trucks from a regional airport to the port of Dover — even as some legislators try to pressure the government to rule out the ...

China protests over US warship sighting as trade talks start

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Chinese and American officials began talks Monday aimed at ending a bruising tariffs battle between the world's two biggest economies, as Beijing complained over the sighting of a U.S. warship in what it said were Chinese waters. It was ...

Victims of Poland escape room fire to be buried together

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A city mayor in northern Poland says the five teenage girls who died in a fire at an escape room entertainment site will be buried together in a joint ceremony Thursday. Fire officials said that 26 similar sites have been shut down due to security flaws since the ...

China begins first surface exploration of moon’s far side

By KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese space rover explored the lunar terrain on Friday in the world's first mission on the surface of the far side of the moon. Jade Rabbit 2 drove off a ramp the previous night and onto the soft, snow-like surface after a Chinese ...

Fragmentation helps Netanyahu re-election hopes

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Barring a devastating legal ruling against him in a series of corruption allegations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks to be cruising toward re-election and a historic fifth term in office after the upcoming April 9 vote. Part ...

Tropical storm’s rain, surging seas strike Thai beaches

By SUMETH PANPETCH, Associated Press LAEM TALUMPUK, Thailand (AP) — Rain, winds and surging seawater buffeted coastal villages and world-famous tourist resorts Friday, as Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall on southern Thailand's east coast. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 70 kph ...

Navy SEAL to plead not guilty to murder charge of ISIS teen

By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL is facing charges of premediated murder and numerous other offenses in connection with the fatal stabbing of a teenage Islamic State prisoner under his care in Iraq in 2017, along with the shooting of unarmed Iraqi ...

North Korean envoy to Italy vanishes — did he defect?

By FRANCES D'EMILIO and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press ROME (AP) — North Korea's top diplomat in Italy has gone into hiding along with his wife, according to a South Korean lawmaker, raising the possibility of a defection of a senior North Korean official. The news came from South Korea's ...

Waning iPhone demand highlights Chinese consumer anxiety

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Apple's $1,000 iPhone is a tough sell to consumers in China unnerved by an economic slump and the trade war with the U.S. CEO Tim Cook said in a letter to shareholders Wednesday that demand for iPhones is waning and revenue for the last ...

AP Exclusive: Vatican letter undermines US cardinal on abuse

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures to address the clergy sex abuse scandal because U.S. church leaders didn't discuss the legally problematic proposals with the Holy See enough beforehand, according to a letter ...

US fires tear gas across Mexico border to stop migrants

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who tried to breach the border fence in Tijuana. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement later Tuesday that the gas was used to target rock ...

Russian baby rescued after nearly 36 hours in frozen rubble

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Laboring through sub-freezing temperatures, Russian rescue workers were digging into a sprawling heap of jagged rubble from a collapsed apartment building when one heard the faintest sound. It was the sound of life. On Tuesday, to everyone's ...